Dust of Dreams Quotes.

1. "Aye.' It's a good word, I think. More a whole attitude than a word, really. With lots of meaning in it, too. A bit of 'yes' and a bit of 'well, fuck' and maybe some 'we're all in this mess together'. So, a word to sum up the Malazans."
- Steven Erikson, Dust of Dreams

2. "My flesh is stone. My blood rages hot as molten iron. I have a thousand eyes. A thousand swords. And one mind. I have heard the death-cry. Was she kin? She said as much, when first she touched me. We were upon the ground. Far from each other, and yet of a kind. I heard her die. And so I came to mourn her, I came to find her body, her silent tomb. But she dies still. I do not understand. She dies still—and there are strangers. Cruel strangers. I knew them once. I know them now. I know, too, that they will not yield. Who am I? What am I? But I know the answers to these questions. I believe, at last, that I do. Strangers, you bring pain. You bring suffering. You bring to so many dreams the dust of death. But, strangers, I am Icarium. And I bring far worse."
- Steven Erikson, Dust of Dreams

3. "Is there anything more worthless than excuses? -Emperor Kellanved"
- Steven Erikson, Dust of Dreams

4. "Brys, how big do you want to make your escort?" "Two brigades and two battalions, sire." "Is that reasonable?" Tehol asked, looking around. "I have no idea," Janath replied. "Bugg?" "I'm no general, my Queen." "We need an expert opinion, then," said Tehol. "Brys?"
- Steven Erikson, Dust of Dreams

5. "It is your cowardice that offends us, Warleader.’ ‘I refuse your challenge, Bakal. As I did that of Riggis, and as I will all others that come my way-until our return to our camp.’ ‘And once there? A hundred warriors shall vie to be first to spill your blood. A thousand. Do you imagine you can withstand them all?’ Tool was silent for a moment. ‘Bakal, have you seen me fight?’ The warrior bared his filed teeth. ‘None of us have. Again you evade my questions!’ ‘I have a question for you, Bakal.’ ‘Ah! Yes, ask it and hear how a Barghast answers what is asked of him!’ ‘Can the Senan afford to lose a thousand warriors?"
- Steven Erikson, Dust of Dreams

6. "Don't worry. I am like most people. I can keep my eyes and still see nothing."
- Steven Erikson, Dust of Dreams

7. "Giving advice to a child is like flinging sand at an obsidian wall. Nothing sticks. The brutal truth is that we each suffer our own lessons—they can’t be danced round. They can’t be slipped past. You cannot gift a child with your scars—they arrive like webs, constricting, suffocating, and that child will struggle and strain until they break. No matter how noble your intent, the only scars that teach them anything are the ones they earn themselves."
- Steven Erikson, Dust of Dreams

8. "In war everyone loses. This brutal truth can be seen in the eyes of every solider in every world."
- Steven Erikson, Dust of Dreams

9. "When robbed, the rich cry out for protection and prosecution. When stealing, they expect the judiciary to look the other way."
- Steven Erikson, Dust of Dreams

10. "Everyone died in solitude, after all. A simple enough truth. A truth no one need fear. The spirits waited before they cast judgement upon a soul, waited for that soul—in its dying isolation—to set judgement upon itself, upon the life it had lived, and if peace came of that, then the spirits would show mercy. If torment rode the Wild Mare, why, then, the spirits knew to match it. When the soul faced itself, after all, it was impossible to lie. Deceiving arguments rang loud with falsehood, their facile weakness too obvious to ignore."
- Steven Erikson, Dust of Dreams

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